• NEW YORK – ESPN tried something knew when an announcer interviewed CoCo Vandeweghe in the middle of her first-round match on Monday. Vandeweghe said they approached her on Sunday to ask if she was cool with it. She said yes, knowing that she could wave the announcer away if she changed her mind. 

    She didn't change her mind, and answered two questions on court between sets. "I think it's a positive. I think any innovation, it is a positive. So I see no harm in it," she said later, when asked if it was distracting. 

    The veterans disagree. Not only do they think it would be distracting, they're also annoyed that ESPN didn't go through the right protocols. 

    "I don't know how much it can really work in tennis," said Novak Djokovic. "I will not, definitely, this tournament. But who knows? Who knows what the future

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  • The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Harold Ko. Photo: Cheryl TayHarold Ko. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name:
    Harold Ko
    Age: 27
    Height: 166cm
    Weight: 60kg
    Occupation: Personal Trainer at The PIT
    Status: Single
    Diet: Tries not to eat too unhealthy unless he has to watch his weight for competitions; also drinks tons of soda and beer
    Training: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) 5 to 6 times a week and lifting 2 to 3 times a week

    Did you start martial arts from a young age?
    No, I didn’t do any sports growing up. I was actually a little fat and I had a back injury. It was only until I finished National Service that I picked up boxing and Muay Thai to lose weight.

    When did you start competing in martial arts?
    I competed in boxing first – total of five fights (3-2) – and also in Muay Thai. I’ve also competed in

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  • Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – Rafael Nadal survived a tight second-round match late on Wednesday afternoon. At least, fans thought it was tight. Nadal said later that he never doubted he’d win. The 14-time Grand Slam champion won in straight sets, defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5. 

    As Nadal finished on Armstrong, Venus Williams prepared to take the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium. She started powerfully but faltered late in the second set. Fellow American Irina Falconi seized the opportunity, earning a break at 5-6 to force a tiebreak. She dominated the tiebreak to even the match at 1-1.

    As quickly as that door opened for Falconi, Williams slammed it shut. She was solid in the final set as she closed out the 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win. It wasn’t the best match for either – Venus served six aces and was just 65 percent on first-serves while hitting 47 unforced errors; Falconi’s serve was slower and less accurate, and she hit 34 unforced errors. 

    “After losing the second set, she played a great

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  • OAKLAND, CA - MAY 19: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets during Game One of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA - MAY 19: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets during Game One of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard was detained at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport last Friday after officials found a gun in his bag. This scenario apparently occurs with some frequency in Houston, and the Rockets center was allowed to board a later flight without being charged.

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    TMZ had the news first via an unsourced report. Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com has the breakdown of the official story:

    Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith said Wednesday that Howard was stopped at Terminal E at 7 a.m. when Transportation Security Administration officials discovered a pistol in the bottom of a carry-on bag.
    Howard told officials the gun was his, and after being detained by law enforcement officials he was allowed to give the handgun to an associate. The Houston District Attorney's office was contacted after Howard was detained and declined to press any criminal charges against him. Howard was
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  • Monique Bastos' years of training Brazilian jiu-jitsu really paid off for her on Tuesday night when Bastos was the victim of an attempted robbery outside of her home gym in Açailândia, Brazil.

    "I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones," Bastos recalled to MMAFighting.com in an exclusive interview. "I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed. When they tried to escape, I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one."

    Not only did she “get” the other one, Bastos actually subdued the assailant for nearly 15 minutes until authorities arrived.

    Check it out:

    It’s hard saying just what is the best part of the video: Bastos getting the best of her attacker and calmly cradling him in a modified triangle, or the suspect screaming at the top of his lungs, like he is somehow the person being wronged.

    Making matters more

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  • The internet is filled with hundreds of thousands of nostalgic tales, but that’s to be expected. As a wise man once said, “Nostalgia is a mild form of depression,” and everyone can get a little blue when thinking back to 1997. With the summer sun shining, however, we’re in a cheery mood. And with the NBA having settled down after a busy first few weeks of offseason transactions, we thought it best to highlight some random NBA players who may have done their best work a decade or two ago.

    This isn’t a list of your “Top 12 File Sharing Services of 2002” or “27 Ways Britney Ruled the VMAs.” No, this is …

    Random Players, NBA Edition

    We continue with Darius Miles.

    By 2000, the NBA was ready for 18-year olds to move the needle.

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    Kobe Bryant, by then just 21 but already coming off of his fourth season, had just been the tipping force in an NBA Finals victory for the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin Garnett, by then, had been a

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  • Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Kiki Bertens. (AP)Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Kiki Bertens. (AP)NEW YORK – This should have been an easy afternoon for Serena Williams. The No. 1 player in the world faced No. 110 Kiki Bertens, a 23-year-old who had earned a bid to the main draw by advancing through the qualifying tournament.

    Williams had the crowd on her side. She even came in more rested, as she had played just 30 minutes in the first round

    And yet, the 21-time Grand Slam champion had to fight for every point in the first set. Bertens broke her in the third game to take a 2-1 lead in the first set, then held serve to 3-1. Williams eventually forced a tiebreak, but Bertens jumped to a 4-0 lead there. 

    Then, finally, Williams started playing her best tennis. She rallied to take the tiebreak (7-5) and the set. She earned a break midway through the second set to go up 3-2. She held to 4-2. That was all the edge she needed, as she went on to close the match 7-6, 6-3. 

    Williams never makes it easy on herself. She's her own worst enemy in the early rounds, where she can sometimes even

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  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05:  Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates in the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Tonight is his first game this season .  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates in the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tonight is his first game this season . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it's time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2015-16.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are so firmly entrenched as East favorites that we ran a feature recently that didn't even contemplate that they could be challenged for the conference title. Unless Derrick Rose returns to superstardom or LeBron James suffers a cataclysmic injury, the Cavs face no clear competition this upcoming season and may only get a serious rival if the Washington Wizards manage to lure Kevin Durant to his hometown in free agency. A regional dynasty looms.

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  • NEW YORK – Neon orange has taken over the U.S. Open. From Tommy Haas’s sneakers to Bethanie Mattek-Sands' hair, it’s everywhere. 

    Mattek-Sands wore an orange – or, as she described it, electric melon – skirt and shoelaces to match her fluorescent ponytail as she absolutely dominated fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe on Tuesday afternoon. The 30-year-old won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. 

    The next time she takes the court she'll more than likely be inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the opportunity to spoil Serena Williams's historic run.

    Mattek-Sands is playing in her 13th U.S. Open. That's the same number of appearances as Mardy Fish, yet no one in New York seems to know her name. 

    It's kind of remarkable, considering her style is impossible to forget. She has a full sleeve of tattoos on her arm, too. She always wears memorable outfits,

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  • Mardy Fish reacts after losing a point to Feliciano Lopez, of Spain, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Mardy Fish reacts after losing a point to Feliciano Lopez, of Spain, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – It looked as though Mardy Fish was going to pull off the upset. Leading No. 18 Feliciano Lopez by a set on a hot and humid Wednesday in New York, he earned a break at 4-4 in the fourth set.

    It meant he could serve out the win to move on to the third round. But just as quickly as he built that opportunity, it slipped away.

    Three double faults gave Lopez the break, then Lopez won the next two games to force a deciding fifth set. 

    The missed opportunity brought fans from around the U.S. Open grounds. A group of women from Philadelphia rushed in to find seats. "Mardy needs us!" they squealed. "We've been listening. I can't believe he missed that."

    "He came so close. It's going to be so disappointing if he can't pull it off," a man said. His wife added that it's like having bases loaded with no outs, and failing to score. 

    Fish later said he knew that moment was critical. "I certainly felt like that was, you know, my opportunity, big-time opportunity to really capitalize," he

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